Barrett Awarded United States Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Contract

Barrett Awarded United States Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Contract
Barrett Awarded United States Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Contract

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year $49.9 million contract under the United States Army Precision Sniper Rifle program with its MRAD® (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) MK22TM MOD 0 rifle, paired with a Leupold & Stevens Mark 5 HD scope and sniper-accessory kit. The MK22TM will replace several current fielded Army sniper rifles.

Designed with precision and modularity in mind, the MK22TM provides even greater flexibility within the highly successful MRAD® rifle platform. This multi-caliber bolt action sniper rifle is capable of converting between 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum (NM) and .338 Norma Magnum (NM) calibers, based on the mission.

The Army said in its budget request that the MRAD® MK22TM rifle platform “increases stand-off distances ensuring overmatch against enemy counter sniper engagements and increases sniper capability.”

“We are honored to have been awarded the Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Program in addition to SOCOM’s Advanced Sniper Rifle contract. The MK22TM is an extremely capable rifle system that meets the demanding requirements of our military branches.” said Joel Miller, Barrett’s director of global military sales.


About Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.

Barrett is a family-owned and operated company and the world leader in large-caliber, long-distance, precision rifle design and manufacturing. Barrett products are used by civilians, sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 70 State Department approved countries around the world. The Barrett Quality Management System (QMS) has received the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification for the design and manufacture of firearms, ammunition and accessories, and to provide training for those systems.

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swmft
swmft
7 months ago

the norma is likely nod to nato partners,barrett and the army could come up with an extraordinary cartridge but that would not bring others to the table

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
7 months ago

Attractive as this piece of equipment is, I don’t need the absolute top of the line. Would be perfectly happy to help out our military by purchasing the old models as surplus. As long as it’s still in good shape or can easily (cheaply) brought back to life and accuracy. Would only help if they released surplus ammo in whichever calibers they are no longer using (338 Lapua?). Wishful thinking – I know. They are finally running out of WW2 1911s and Garands and have scarcely started selling the old M9s. We’d be luck if current sniper rifles hit surplus… Read more »

archmark
archmark (@archmark)
7 months ago

Good for Barrett!!! I really don’t understand the 3 different caliber options though. Why not just go with the biggest of the big, baddest of the bad, the .338 NM?

Rob
Rob (@rob)
7 months ago
Reply to  archmark

Actually, the ballistics for the 338 Norma Mag and 338 Lapua Mag are so close as to be ballistically insignificant. A better question is why Norma? Last I looked, they are owned and operated from Europe. Unless they plan on building factories here in the USA to pump out truckloads of ammo I say buy American!

StLPro2A
StLPro2A (@stlpro2a)
7 months ago
Reply to  archmark

300NM is the primary round for anti-personnel role. 338NM is to be the primary anti-material round, replacing the .50BMG. New 338 round developments offer almost same down range external performance as 50BMG.with greatly improved accuracy. 308Win is to be the short range/training round, especially at ranges with limited distance targets. The bolt MRAD will replace the semi-auto 50BMG M82.M107 as its weight….(32Lb gun vs 15lb; heavy BMG cartridges) results in it being left in armory often. MRAD is lighter at around 15lbs; ammo is lighter allowing many more rounds to be humped for same load; folding/adjustable stock makes easier packing… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by StLPro2A